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Toy Story 4 crosses $1 billion mark at global box office

Toy Story 4

Story by Jack Foley

TOY Story 4 has crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office, becoming the fifth Disney release of the year to do so and the sixth title of 2019 so far. Both are records.

In doing so, Disney beat its own previous record of having four titles surpass that landmark figure in one calendar year, while overall, there has never been more than five films in one year to join the elite club.

Toy Story 4 also became the fourth Pixar title to join the billion dollar club after Incredibles 2, Finding Dory and fellow franchise member Toy Story 3. It’s also the No. 8 animated movie of all time, not adjusted for inflation.

Heading into Wednesday this week (August 14, 2019), Toy Story 4 has grossed $421.8 million in the US alone and $579.9 million internationally for a worldwide tally of $1.002 billion. The family film was released in June and has taken a little longer to hit the milestone than the likes of Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame and Disney’s The Lion King (which did so in just 19 days).

In the UK, the film is the second highest grossing animated film of all time ($75.2 million), while its top market is Japan ($77 million), where it’s still going strong. In Mexico ($72 million), Toy Story 4 is the industry’s biggest film ever in terms of admissions.

Directed by Josh Cooley, the film sees Tom Hanks returning to voice the iconic character of Woody, with Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear and Annie Potts as Bo Peep (a character who was absent from Toy Story 3).

Newcomers include the conflicted Forky (Tony Hale), the doll Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks), the comedic duo Bunny and Ducky (Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key, respectively) and stunt motorbike rider Duke Caboom (Keanu Reeves).

The story revolves around the toys’ bid to save Forky after he falls out of the family camper van while on a road trip, prompting some soul searching from Woody about whether he should remain loyal to his current owner or pursue a life of adventure with the love of his life, Bo Peep.

The other 2019 members of the billion-dollar club are Avengers: Endgame — now also the top grossing film of all time, with $2.8 billion globally — The Lion King ($1.3 billion), Captain Marvel ($1.1 billion), Spider-Man: Far From Home ($1.09 billion) and Aladdin ($1.04 billion).

Incredibly, all but Sony’s Spider-Man were released by Disney… although Spider-Man also technically falls under the Marvel Cinematic Universe.